This coin hails from the days before Aegon’s Conquest, over three hundred years before the times of Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon.
In that time the Lannisters of Casterly Rock had their own kings. The Lannisters had been King of the Rock ever since Lann the Clever had deftly manoeuvred the Casterlys out of their mines. The power of the Rock had always been the material wealth of the mines, chiefly silver and gold. While other houses minted small silver stags as coinage, the Lannisters ostentatiously minted the much larger silver moons, with seven times the weight and value of a stag!
The common saying that “A Lannister always pays his debts.” dates from this time. This comes from the reign of King Tommen II Lannister. Little is known about this king aside from his coinage, as he was lost at sea with his famous Valyrian-steel sword “Brightroar” on an ill-fated voyage of conquest, leaving an ineffectual son and divided council.
In the world created by George R.R. Martin, it takes seven stags to equal one moon, and thirty moons to make one gold dragon.
Broadstruck in pure .999 fine silver, weighing ~22 grams, diameter of 1.5″, or about 38mm. The obverse features a Lion Rampant, with the text TOMMEN II LANNISTER across the top and the official family motto: HEAR ME ROAR at bottom. The reverse side shows a view of Casterly Rock and the sea, with a crescent moon above, with the text CASTERLY ROCK at upper left and ONE MOON at lower right.
After the tragic loss of Tommen II Lannister, his son Tommen III was king for a time. The most important thing he did as king was to authorize the issue of a few more silver moon coins. The design for the Tommen III moon was copied in somewhat coarser fashion from the coins of his father. The scenes on obverse and reverse are the same, but the level of detail is less. Dies for the Tommen III piece were destroyed after just 70 strikes, so it is considered by some as a rarity, even though it lacks some of the beauty of the Tommen II piece..
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